10 GOP Governors Say 'No' to Medicaid Expansion Dollars


Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter hasn't yet decided whether to accept federal funds for Medicaid expansion, but at least 10 of his GOP brethren have already opted to say "no."

A ThinkProgress survey reveals that 10 Republican governors have said that they will definitely not accept billions in Medicaid funds, which promise to insure millions of lower-income Americans without health care. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional, but ruled against the automatic expansion of Medicaid. Sixteen states, all with Democratic governors, have committed to expanding their programs.


Not a single Republican governor has pledged to accept new Medicaid funds and three Democrats are also considering turning down the money.